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Today, reply is on the origin of heartfelt worship by mankind as the result of divine process and substance that are to exist within the living, rather than an artifact of emotion, divine government, sacred law, obedience, or finite human willpower. Christian believers are to continue in ongoing relationship with GOD that is made possible by sacred operations, and deposits of the eternal purpose and sovereign will of GOD imparted from the makeup of divinity. Included are atonement, forgiveness, joy, peace, repentance, rebirth, reconciliation, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, sanctification, and eternal life. It is written: Psalms 51: 9-11, King James Version (KJV): 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O LORD, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Mother Trucker” (Level 1 with 3,249 points) posted the following:

 

Does God prefer a free society where people can worship or not worship as they please, or a theocracy where worship is compulsory?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it. (Micah 6: 6-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: I Am So Satisfied (12/18/2019); Conflict Among Multiple Wills? (09/20/2019); Those Who Prefer Evil (09/02/2019); The Elimination of Sin (11/25/2018); Be Ye Therefore Perfect (07/22/2016); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015)

 

Mother Trucker”, authentic worship arises from the purpose and substance of mankind, rather than the demands and requirements of sacred law. Most Christian believers acknowledge the account of Creation that teaches the first man, Adam, was formed from the dust of the earth, and became a “living soul” only when GOD imparted life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of divine fullness (divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). In the same way, sinners who turn away from desire, lust, and worldliness will become “born again” by receiving a fresh endowment of life essence that transforms them to exist as sons and daughters of GOD, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and the new creation. Developing believers are to “grow-up again” through discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with anointed and mature believers, continuing sacred practices (e.g., fasting, praise, prayer, worship), study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and suffering. All are to display the image of GOD, and are to resemble, reflect and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. This is possible for they will contain inseparable aspects of divinity that include balance, commitment, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The primary focus among Christians is not so much choosing and deciding what-to-do in agreement with emotions, feelings, society and the world (i.e., the law, correction, damnation, obedience, and punishment). Focus is on what-we-are becoming (i.e., mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming), and on displaying and expressing the divinity that resides within ones consciousness, lifestyle, daily routine, and self-will (willpower). Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the prophesies and music ministry of DeWayne Woods:

(1.) Isaiah 58: 10-14, King James Version (KJV): 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: 11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

(2.) John 4: 23-24, KJV: 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (3.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76o4xhxIKfs). Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on how requirements that mankind acknowledge and worship the Living GOD emerge from the Creator’s dominion over divine order, existence and life. While there are many elements of divine process and truth that are determined, immutable, and unchanging, the living are to exercise autonomy, creativity, liberty, privilege, and self-government. GOD has used the device of family to populate the earth, and has used inheritance to maintain the continuity of fellowship with humanity, the presence of sacred law, the outworking of eternal purpose, and the practices of offering, sacrifice and worship, rather than allow the dominion of death and mortality that resulted from the operations of sin. It is written: John 4: 23-24, King James Version (KJV): 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why is there a commandment for which gods one shall believe in? Is this something we are able to choose?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalms 33: 18-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBBLE DAGGER: Those Who Are Convinced (12/08/2019); In Fear To GOD? (12/05/2019); Why Do They Sing? (11/14/2019); Comfort Through New Life (08/22/2019); The Word From GOD (12/11/2018); The Church Of Jesus (06/18/2018); Free Speech in Church? (12/18/2017)

 

Anonymous”, as a Christian believer I have to share with you the same wisdom from GOD that is to be shared within the church, and I can not share an “answer” to the two questions you pose (even fools can give answers). Mankind is to exist in relationship with the Creator, and must depend on divinity for both existence, life, purpose, and substance. The operations and content of divinity are established as a feature within our human makeup through the life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to a figure formed from the dust of the earth. Adam became a living soul having inseparable aspects of divine fullness that included balance, completeness, faith, holiness, integrity, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, peace, personhood, respect, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As the Creation of GOD, mankind’s acknowledgment of divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) comes by these and other elements interacting within human consciousness and self-will. Immortal, incorruptible, invisible GOD is apprehended and discerned as an active and present influence expressing sacred law, divine order, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Adam was not an equal to GOD, yet, man was to be a companion to divinity who is capable of displaying the image of GOD, and is to reflect, resemble, and reveal the character, nature, and qualities of Jesus Christ. Through the operations of sin, mankind now must inherit life conditions with imperfections and weaknesses that include appetite, mortality, and relying on secular knowledge, carnal reason and social interaction, rather than divine anointing, commanded expectation (hope) and sacred knowledge. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Luther Barnes:

(1.) Micah 6: 6-9, King James Version (KJV): 6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(2.) Matthew 9: 10-13, KJV: 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

(3.) Jeremiah 9: 23-24, KJV: 23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (4.) I am so satisfied (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-I-AjsRe6c). Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on a debate about abortions, and judging others for their choices and opinions. Christians are encouraged to rely on counsels, guidance, and instruction within the household of faith that are available as divine law, sacred principles, a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity, and the holy writings. The man-made belief system that we call the world generates arguments, meanings, and quarrels along with standards and values that promote spiritual confusion, and that challenge and contradict Christian belief. The issue of abortion is more than one of correct medical practice, or private and public health. Many hold that a fetus (the unborn, developing organism within a female) is not a child; therefore, removing and destroying such organic material is no different than what we do with a cancer. Others understand that childbearing is more than a carnal and physical work of ones flesh; the fetus is established as having personhood through operations that occur within both parents long before birth that entail accountability, commitment and love with emotional, psychological, and spiritual imperatives that may not be dismissed or ignored. There are elements related to birth control, gender differences and disparities, political and social imbalance, and responding to unexpected and unwanted pregnancy. There are issues of freedom from the duties, responsibilities, pain, and unpleasantness of pregnancy. There are issues of adult independence; exercising the privilege and right of decision-making for ones own benefit; how best to fulfill ones sexual appetite; how to respond to life opportunities; and promoting oneself to profit in various social settings and situations. Those in covenant relationship with divinity, who willingly present themselves to GOD for unselfish service, raise no objection against being held accountable for works such as creating families and stable communities; displaying Christ-likeness and the image of GOD; holy matrimony; parenting; priesthood; and demonstrating lives dedicated and devoted to carrying out the will of GOD. Christian believers are granted the example of the Virgin Mary—who was called upon to serve as the mother of Jesus Christ. Mary had been raised set apart (sanctified) for divine service, yet, was despised because she was a childless woman. The angel Gabriel visited Mary as a sign that the things proclaimed, promised, and prophesied from GOD for Israel and for mankind would all appear, and become manifest. When it was announced that she would be a caretaker and mother, her response revealed a correct commitment and readiness to serve, and she acknowledged and proclaimed the name and works of GOD. It is written: Luke 1: 46-55, King James Version (KJV): 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shown) posted the following:

 

Is it Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

In religion class we we’re having a debate about abortion. Pro-life vs. Pro choice. Someone then decided to talk about a girl who was pregnant and decided to keep the baby because that was HER CHOICE. Now one of the people who claimed to be pro choice started asking questions as to why the girl decided to keep the baby. She said that the girl should’ve had an abortion. “Why put yourself through that ****?” And I was there thinking, “because it was her choice. Why are you judging her choice when you believe a woman should do whatever they like with their body?” Keep in mind this was not a thought that made me want to hate her. This was just a thought of realization. I just want my question to be answered so I understand a person’s beliefs. So I guess what I’m trying to ask, is someone that judges a girl for not getting an abortion still pro choice or is it pro abortion. I just want to understand. I’m sorry if I offended anyone, I just want to learn from you guys so I don’t question a person’s beliefs ever again on something like this.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5: 16-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: By Death and Resurrection (10/29/2019); When Christians Weigh Abortion (05/17/2019); Divine Purposes Are Unchanging (04/22/2019); Life Exists Before Birth (01/23/2019); The Virginity of Mary (01/14/2019); Mary and Joseph Followed (11/28/2018); Saved in Childbearing (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012)

 

Anonymous”, here are some points you may find useful. Rather than focus on abortions and failed pregnancy (miscarriage, stillborn), the Scriptures provide accounts of miraculous birth, guidance regarding conditions and prenatal care for those born to become sacred servants of GOD as well as the “slaughter of innocents” by rulers who sought to maintain their political advantages by destroying every child that could have been sent from GOD. Many mature Christian believers think of their choice for Jesus Christ as their redeemer and savior as also having provided closure and resolution for multiple problems and questions pertaining to how created beings and living creatures should respond to one another, and how mankind should respond to divinity. The ideas and language to discuss “pro-abortion”, “pro-choice”, and “pro-life” are from the man-made world system developed for exchange, trade, and survival, and does not appear within the holy writings that speak to human reproduction, the divine process to populate the earth, the appearance of divinity using human form as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation), and the present embodiment of sacred spirit within humanity. Because Christians choose to acknowledge the authority, dominion, and sovereignty of GOD, abortion is widely understood as a medical procedure to terminate pregnancy where specific health conditions are diagnosed and evaluated that are obstacles to continuing the child’s development within the mother, and to completing a natural birth of her child. Practice of abortions by those who are not licensed and registered with the government as properly trained medical professionals has been regarded as criminal. For their collective survival, governments must address the issues of communication, population growth, the availability and distribution of shared resources (debts, fees, fines, taxes, etc.), and the provision of clean air, water, medicines, and food necessary for healthy living, and for maintenance of their commonwealth. New life in Jesus Christ and citizenship within the kingdom of heaven are not through human reproduction, childbearing, and birth so much as through the resurrection of Christ. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible on the birth of Samson, and a selection from the music ministry of the Pro Musica Girl’s Choir from Hungary:

(1.) Judges 13: 6-14, King James Version (KJV): 6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. 8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

(2.) Psalms 127: 3-4, KJV: 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

(3.) 1st Timothy 2: 14-15, KJV: 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV7l0uqOD_8.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on repentance and the Spirit from GOD that indwells Christian believers. The key elements for repentance and new life for sinners is (1) their sorrow for sin, (2) their gratitude for atonement and propitiation, (3) their “fear of the Lord” that is correct awe, respect and reverence, (4) their desire to be truly worthy of inclusion within the household of GOD, and (5) their trust in the word of GOD appearing as covenant relationship, divine law, promise, and prophecy, rather than their being afraid of punishment and torment. Without arrogance, competitiveness, or presumption, believers are to operate in accord with the example of Jesus Christ. It is written: Romans 6: 20-23, King James Version (KJV): 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, is not it a wise choice to repent without ceasing?

Better safe than sorry, and remain in a permanent praying position and confess continuously. One can sin in ignorance; for safety measures. “The soul who sins shall die.”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2nd Corinthians 7: 10-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Repentance Must Happen Now (06/07/2019); Biblical Replies On Forgiveness? (01/11/2019); Sinners Must Become Convicted (11/27/2018); Repentance A Lifestyle Event (02/09/2018); Working to Pay GOD? (02/23/2017); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013)

 

Anonymous”, “better safe than sorry” comes from a pattern of feeling and thinking from within the man-made world system that has been created for coping with problems and uncertainty, exchange, trade, and survival. Developing and mature Christian believers are not driven and impelled by anxiety, fear, and imbalance as are sinners who continue in ignorance of redemption and salvation from GOD. While they too have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD, believers are accounted as “born again” vessels of divine substance who must “grow up again” on the earth, and become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Believers are built-up, edified, and nourished by features in their ongoing lifestyle and daily routine that display their spirit content imparted from the makeup of divinity. Included should be acknowledging accountability, practicing discernment, discovery, forgiving others, gaining sacred knowledge, gradual growth, fellowship within the body of believers, unselfish service, and suffering. Believers appear as the new creation of Jesus Christ by displaying the image of GOD and Christ-likeness. Prayer is more a sacred tool for expressing gratitude and love to GOD than a device for escaping punishment, obtaining pleasures, or requesting necessary supplies (food, drink, shelter, etc.). Begging does not appear when we call to those who show us love, respect, and trust, and who have the desire to share with us. In place of argument, carnal reasoning, coercion, or threats of damnation and violence the followers of Jesus continue as the evidence of things unseen. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted to believers that draw others to GOD (e.g., faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Al Green:

(1.) 2nd Timothy 1: 7, King James Version (KJV): 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(2.) Philippians 4: 6-7, KJV: 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

(3.) 2nd Peter 1: 2-8, KJV: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnChTJ4w0GU.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, Scripture points are shared on good works by believers, and operations by divinity that establish salvation.  For those accepting Christ within the kingdom of GOD some attitudes behavior, and conduct are strictly forbidden, and totally unacceptable.  Yet, many claiming to be saved persons seem to say and do the very same things done by liars, thieves, the wicked, and those outside of Christ.  In part, this is because once “born again” through water baptism, believers may only gradually “grow up again” to be given the gifts from the Spirit of GOD required before they are fully equipped to serve and share as mature examples to others.  Thus, in a sense, the good deeds and works are performed by GOD through the believer as a divine instrument and tool, not by the believer as one independent, separate, and “out on their own.”  Consider the Scriptures that follow, and the statements below:

Micah 6:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

John 14:  9-11, KJV:  9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?  10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:  but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me:  or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 14:  22-26, KJV:  22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:  and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Titus 3:  8, KJV:  8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

1st Peter 2:  15-16, KJV:  15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “truth” (Level 3 with 1,188 points, a member since July 20, 2009) posted the following:

 

We do good deeds not to earn our salvation. Salvation is free gift of God thru Jesus. Why do Christians do good deeds?

n the year 1971, during our liberation war, I went to India with my family as a refugee. We were at the refugee camp. Day after day I use to see the Christians from different charity organizations serving the destitute people in the refugee camp. I was very much impressed by their dedication, their love for the people. I befriended some of them. One day one of the members of the Christian Medical team told me that because they were saved by the grace of God that’s why they were doing good works. They were doing good works not to earn salvation. Their God is the God of love and His love was manifested in the person of Jesus. The man further added that Jesus said, “love your neighbor as you love yourself,” and this teaching of Jesus had led them to serve all mankind, no matter what caste or religion. This idea changed my total understanding about God and His personality. It was the first time I heard about Jesus.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  (Galatians 5:  19-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Great Commission Obeyed? (01/12/2016); Repentance and New Life? (12/30/2015); By More Than Believing (12/04/2015); Saved by Faith and Works? (09/15/2015); Good Intentions? (07/26/2014); The Bible is All About GOD? (07/27/2014); Order My Steps (10/26/2013)

 

“truth”, even as a follower of Jesus Christ, I can not save you; however, I can share with you the divine gifts, sacred knowledge, testaments, and testimonies that are being shared with me.  Only divinity can complete the full set of sacred operations that establish a person as having salvation from sin.  Included are appearing upon the earth using the form of flesh and “person” (we say, incarnation); atonement; hearing confession; forgiveness; judgment; rebirth through water baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, regeneration having spirit substance from the makeup of Deity); enabling and performing repentance; perfection, (the condition of full immortality, spiritual purity, and stability) and sanctification (becoming set apart for exclusive service to GOD).  Disciples and followers of Jesus are recruited to be a clear example to others as vessels of divine Spirit, share a specific message, and live a peculiar lifestyle.  Like a restaurant menu that is preset for the diners, the various acceptable choices, “good deeds,” and works a believer may perform to exist as a companion to the Creator already have been “focused” and trimmed down by GOD.  This permits believers to say, The kingdom of GOD is not the land of “do as you please” so much as “do as pleases GOD.”  Consider the following points using language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  14-16, KJV:  14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 2:  24-26, KJV:  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Timothy 2:  19-22, KJV:  19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.  20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.  22 Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

The fall of Adam is in view, today, as having correct knowledge again becomes our focus.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “theresa” (Level 7 with 27,904 points, a member since July 23, 2014) posted the following:

Christians have you ever Considered what the other scenario would have been for Humans If Eve did not choose Knowledge ?

Update: Stuck with your god looking over you of a endless days of sleep Eat. eliminate . sex and reproduce called existing

Have you ever consider the writer was not describing gods creation , but a examination of humans and all their qualities abilities and behaviors and simply made judgements about human nature and invented gods as a rubber stamp authority to regulate societies

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:  for in these things I delight saith the LORD.  (Jeremiah 9:  23-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  For The Sake of The Created (10/11/2015); Known By Divine Revelation (06/16/2015); Knowing? (05/24/2015); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014)

“theresa”, most Christian believers are turned to Jesus Christ for correct knowledge and new life.  In the light of social values widely held today, the choice for knowledge made by Adam (GOD’s name for both the male and female) mistakenly is seen as a choice for enlightenment, freedom, and independence.  However, Adam’s choice also was done in ignorance (i.e., denying and refusing to apply information and truth already received), without correct distance (we say, experience, perspective, the Big Picture), and proper focus.  The pair chose to be in-filled with carnal and secular knowledge, pleasure, and sense experience (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting) that would result in their separation from divinity, rather than be filled with revelation and sacred knowledge that would ensure right relationship, genuine reverence, and acceptable worship of Deity.  In addition to receiving knowledge by discovery and learning, it was GOD’s intent that mankind continue to receive knowledge by regular, intimate exchange and interaction with GOD.  When GOD called, neither answered.  Influenced by the serpent, the pair engaged the operations of sin; and the knowledge they received immediately altered their attitudes, behavior, and comprehension.  The aspects of knowledge were introduced that include deceit, error, exaggeration, forgetting, lies, and presumption.  Corruption, decay and rot were begun that resulted in displays of distrust, fear, pride, and shame.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Romans 1:  18-22, King James Version (KJV):  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power, and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

(2.)  Deuteronomy 8:  2-3, KJV:  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

(3.)  1st Timothy 2:  13-15, KJV:  13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 2:  7-12, KJV:  7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:  only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they loved not the truth, that they might be saved.  11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, points are shared responding to whether “religion is a choice.”  Correctly understood, believers in Jesus have identity as Christians, as Jews, as the offspring of Abraham, and as the offspring of GOD.  The choice to live as a Christian is a permanent commitment and decision to apply a standard for life provided by GOD, instead of ones own appetite, emotions, intellect and sensations.  Material, physical and social factors are to become increasingly less important than things that are spiritual in nature and substance.  In its beginnings, Christianity was counted as no more than another sect within Judaism like those of Pharisees and Sadducees.  All the apostles of Christ, including Saul of Tarsus, first were born and educated as Jews.  Following the persecutions to destroy Christianity as a dangerous cult, the church would scatter and develop out of public view (we say, underground).  Historically, many Christian believers have promoted a total separation from the Jewish people.  Advancing it as their righteousness, they have accused the Jews of murdering Christ, and so on.  It remains that the operations of GOD are essential to life in the earth.  What we are and possess, today, is in fulfillment of promises made to those who went before us.  Included are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and all those who make commitment to the Savior’s truth.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “morgan”  (Level 1 with 153 points, a member since August 12, 2014) made numerous subliminal attacks by the following post:

 

My ancestors were jewish, so now my friends say I’m jewish? Isnt religion a choice?

Basically according to my family tree my family was jewish, but does that even make me jewish? Its a religion and if I don’t choose to believe in it, then why am I called a jew?
I actually go to a Christian church…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,  And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;  And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.  For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  (Romans 2:  17-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012);  Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012)

 

“morgan”, just like your name was not initially your choice, ones inheritance and many life experiences are not a matter of choice.  For Christian believers, there must be a focus upon the choices that have been made by divinity, not merely those of the human race, or ourselves as individuals.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Many Christian believers also become caught up in the various conflicts and issues for modern living that include ethnicity, nationality, origins, and racism.  Believers are to maintain their focus upon the Gospel, and the work of preparing those in the earth who will be received by Christ at his coming.

(2.)  What and who you are in your relationship with Deity is not established apart from human history and the many earlier covenants established for the benefit and keeping of life upon the earth.  Thus, it is correct to study the sacred knowledge within the holy writings, and to fellowship with others who have make a similar commitment to grow in accordance with divine law, endowments from GOD, eternal promises, and revealed purposes.

(3.)  Correctly acknowledging and valuing the Jewish people is not a simple task.  While chosen of GOD for blessing, they also have been chosen for demonstrations of divine disfavor and wrath against sin.  Also, ancient Israel was created by GOD to serve as a tool in judgment against, first, Egypt, and later seven tribes of the Promised Land who had violated sacred covenant.  With that in view, many fail to grasp that modern Israel continues as a divine tool for peace, and is more than a mere creation of mankind in response to WWII.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC